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Is your car in need of a paint job? Consider a vinyl wrap instead of paint.

Updated on June 19, 2013
Advertising Wraps are a great way to endorse your product.
Advertising Wraps are a great way to endorse your product.

Is your car in need of a paint job? You might want to consider a vinyl wrap instead of paint. Vinyl wraps are recognizable on cars that have company advertisements or graphics that covers either part or the entire vehicle.

A wrap consist of sheets of vinyl that are shrink wrapped to your vehicle. Other wraps come with their own adhesive and are similar to a giant sticker. High quality wraps may also offer finishes that are not normally available with paint such as a matte finish. There is a certain skill to shrink wrapping a vehicle and this is normally left to the professionals. Unlike paint jobs, vinyl wraps only take a couple of days to apply and can help to protect your vehicle from weather and other elements such as road grime and bugs.

Using a vinyl wrap for advertising is a great way of getting the word around, whoever is driving the vehicle will come across a variety of people as they travel the roads and also when they park the vehicle in high traffic areas such as theaters, restaurants or malls. Vinyl wraps are also cost effective since there is just a onetime fee of applying the graphic versus traditional advertising that has an expiration date.

The great thing about vinyl wraps is that you don't have to cover the entire vehicle and you don't have to have advertisements and graphics. You can have a vinyl wrap with just color which will make it hard to tell from a regular paint job. Wraps are also available for trucks, vans, motorcycles, semi-trucks and may be used on walls and floors.

Vehicle wrapping can be a cost effective way of transforming the look of your car. You need to take in consideration the type of paint job you pricing when comparing to a vinyl wrap. There are paint jobs that are priced cheaply since the company will not go through the trouble of sanding and priming your vehicle. But, these paint jobs will not last as long as the more expensive paint jobs that do take the time to properly prepare your vehicle. Applying a vehicle wrap to a new car may also protect the original paint by acting as a cover that may be pulled off.

Alsa has created the first spray on vinyl car paint that allows you to peel it off when you are ready for a change. These paints save on the cost of having to use adhesives and make a great DIY project. The sprays are available in a variety of colors which includes the ability to match any Pantone colors. The paint is non-toxic and may be cleaned up with just soap and water. Another feature is the paint comes in several scents and may be sprayed on also anywhere without a paint booth. If you get paint on your window or chrome, simply pull it off!

When considering a vinyl wrap make sure it has a manufacturer's warranty and it uses "removable" adhesive. Vinyl wraps on vehicles are known to last for 3-5 years. On walls it can last indefinitely and on floors it will depend or the traffic – high-traffic areas will need replacing sooner than low-traffic areas.


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    • dragonflyfla profile image

      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Thanks for stopping by Rajan Jolly. You might be able to get the paint.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I was not aware of these vinyl wraps at all since they are not available in my country. But I think it's a great idea and possibly cheaper too.

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      This is really interesting. I thought vinyl wraps on cars were made for the sole purpose of advertising. What a great idea to get one that is only a color instead of a new paint job.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Thanks for stopping by Peggy. I was also surprised when I learned about it!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for the education about vinyl wraps on cars. I did not know that this was even possible. Sounds like a good alternative to traditional car painting. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      I agree Midget38. I don't think I could drive around with advertising.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Vinyl wraps do sound like a great alternative solution...I''d opt for the non-advert wrap. I believe it's much cheaper than a normal paint job too! Thanks for sharing!

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      I am going to do my scooter! The paint looks like it would be hard to mess up since you can simply peel off your mistakes! Thanks for stopping by, sharing and the votes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      A friend of mine does vinyl letters and logos on cars and other things. I think it is pretty cool doing the entire car. Fun topic and I am sure many will get out there and do this. A great way to advertising products and services. Voting Up, sharing and pinning.